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Mgr Operational Procurement


Denver, PA, US

Company:  UGI Utilities, Inc
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UGI Utilities, Inc. is a natural gas and electric utility company committed to delivering reliable, safe and affordable energy to our 700,000 customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania and 1 county in Maryland. We pride ourselves on being a responsive, engaging energy company.  The foundation of our success lies in the strength of our 1,700 plus employees who strive to exceed the expectations of our customers and the communities we serve every day.

We offer comprehensive benefits, some of which are:

  • medical, prescription, dental, vision, life insurance
  • disability plans
  • 401(k) matched savings plan
  • paid vacation
  • company stock purchase program
  • wellness programs
  • tuition reimbursement
  • paid parental leave
  • paid volunteer time
  • adoption assistance

Job Summary

  • Provides business partnering support to Region, controlling Region spend through collaborative development and consistent implementation of the procurement
  • Oversees the operational procurement process in a manner that drives operational efficiency and reduces non-compliance
  • Implements value- and cost-related optimization initiatives while executing projects and programs that support business and category management goals
  • Provides leadership and sets the direction for operational buyers / Specialists

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with the Category Managers and Region / BU to plan for strategic procurement priorities and categories and to schedule and implement Region / BU project Procurement related activities
  • Ensures reasonable time is allocated to each project, contract terms are agreed for all purchases, and all projects stay on plan by liaising with the Finance and user department
  • Provides inputs to business projects and category management by identifying standardization, supplier enablement, operational purchasing and regional procurement process opportunities
  • Integrates business strategy, timing, demand and marketing factors into the business procurement strategy
  • Designs and determines effective Region / BU buying channels
  • Develops assigned local sourcing profiles, strategy and planning for Region / BU categories
  • Ensures implementation of procurement activities for operational projects (e.g., tank management)
  • Directs the day-to-day operational support
    • Demand management
    • Supplier issue resolution
    • Dispute resolution (receipt or payment)
  • Ensures service, support and request are appropriately addressed
  • Directs and manages supplier and internal customer relationships
  • Directs Region / BU supplier risk and compliance management activities, enabling supplier audits, risk identification / monitoring, and risk mitigation
  • Monitors and directs the quality of the purchasing process across channels, pricing, and non-compliance
  • Leads and coordinates contract implementation & drives contract compliance through working in close collaboration with internal customers in order to ensure the acceptance of new contracts
  • Directs and ensures Region / BU Procurement team’s compliance with Procurement Procedures, and compliance to local and enterprise level regulations and policies
  • Leads bidding/RFx process, contract life cycle, and contract implementation for Region / BU categories
  • Establishes workflow and productivity targets to measure, monitor and report performance
  • Ensures savings targets are achieved for the Region across all Categories in collaboration with the Finance, to support Region in monitoring supplier performance, to ensure all suppliers perform within agreement terms
  • Manages the buyer / Specialist team and oversees process execution, facilities training, conducts buyer performance reviews and enables talent development
  • Manages the Region / BU Procurement departmental budget, aligning the sourcing strategic plan to financial budget
  • Reviews and approves purchase orders up to the threshold(s) specified in the PCP

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent knowledge of procurement tools and processes
  • Ability to work in a global, matrixed team environment
  • Understanding of leading P2P technology practices and trends
  • Knowledge of enabling eProcurement and eMarketplace capabilities
  • General experience of network administration
  • Source to contract and procure to pay process knowledge, procurement operations knowledge and supplier management acumen
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of legal contract terminology and preferred conditions
  • Leadership presence and negotiation
  • Team building and collaboration
  • Business acumen
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical and measurement driven
  • Process management and continuous improvement
  • Oral and written communication skills

Education and Experience

  • B.S.  / B.A. degree in Procurement and Supply, Business or Technology (or other related degree programs)
  • 5+ years in procurement operations with hands-on experience in  eProcurement, eCatalogs, eRFX and eAuction functionality and contract management technologies; preferred experience in SAP Ariba or Coupa 
  • Experience with negotiations as well as an understanding of contracting terms and conditions
  • Demonstrated experience using ERP systems and knowledge of integrations between procurement and accounts payable
  • Demonstrated ability for teamwork and collaborating with other departments to plan and execute and enhance procurement services
  • Experience with process, quality control, and workflow management and design
  • Experience managing teams and driving collaboration across integrated functions

UGI Utilities, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  As such, the Company abides by the requirements of the Executive Order 11246, 41 CFR 60-741.5(a), and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).  The Company does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, gender identity, veteran status, or any other legally protected class in its practices.

Successful applicants shall be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen as a condition of employment, and if hired, shall be subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with UGI policies. As a federal contractor that engages in safety-sensitive work, UGI cannot permit employees in certain positions to use medical marijuana, even if prescribed by an authorized physician. Similarly, applicants for such positions who are actively using medical marijuana may be denied hire on that basis.

Nearest Major Market: Lancaster

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